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Why BJR is unfazed about rival’s early Gen3 test

SUPERCARS team owner Brad Jones believes history shows that being first to test a new car is not necessarily an advantage.

There was a touch of drama late last week as Erebus Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan claimed any rival team which made the initial round of shakedowns will have done so either unfairly or with an incomplete car.

In the hours that followed, the Blanchard Racing Team affirmed its plan to run its new CoolDrive Mustang on Wednesday February 1 at Winton Motor Raceway, where it will become the first team to shakedown a Gen3 race car.

Brad Jones Racing is targeting either February 7 or 8 for its first shakedown, but the Albury squad is not concerned about being at a competitive disadvantage to BRT.

Aiding that peace of mind is BJR’s experience from the last major technical overhaul, when the Car of the Future regulations debuted in 2013.

“We made the call here at BJR probably two weeks ago that we wouldn’t go on the first (of February), that we would go a bit later and I don’t think it makes any difference to be honest,” Jones said on the Parked Up Plus podcast.

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“I mean when we did this last time around (for COTF), we were the last team to have our cars built and then we went to Sydney Motorsport Park and we didn’t have wipers working, we had a heap of things not going right and we were the fastest and continued to be a frontrunner for a period of time.

“So I don’t think there’s a race to be the first one out there.

“I think other than an opportunity to say you were the first, I don’t see the benefit.

“The benefit is in making sure the cars get built and we run through all of the new parts on that car, which is almost everything, to make sure we understand how we go about setting this car up, and then when we’re at that point, go and shake it down.

“The chassis are all the same. It will be interesting to see how they go with the Mustang on the first (of February), hopefully nothing will go wrong with it, but it’s not always a great move to be the first.”

BJR is fielding an unchanged driver line-up of Andre Heimgartner, Bryce Fullwood, Macauley Jones and Jack Smith in the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship.

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